ffwD: Chicken Tagine with Sweet Potatoes & Prunes

Is there a way to describe this week’s dish without using the word “aromatic”? I was tempted by this dish before I even tasted a bite. Two large pinches of saffron was enough to make me deeply inhale multiple times. But Dorie further heightens the olfactory senses by including cayenne, honey (agave nectar in my case), and cinnamon. Spice and warmth combined with softened onions, browned chicken thighs, prunes, and diced sweet potatoes, all which bubbled down to a tender, flavorful stew. To be sure, I love all these flavors when I dine at Moroccan restaurants in Chicago. But, I’m amazed at the fact that I can now make a simple version of this aromatic, flavorful dish at home whenever the urge strikes! Now, that is bliss.

This chicken tagine with sweet potatoes & prunes was made as a part of French Fridays with Dorie, a group of bloggers who make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.

73 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. ambrosiana
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 12:37:47

    This looks delicious! And as you said, it is so aromatic with all the wonderful spices the recipe calls for! I wish computers had aroma sensors!!

  2. Sara
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 13:01:33

    This dish was insanely aromatic. Every ten minutes, my husband would say, “wow, dinner smells good, when do we eat?” I don’t think I’ve ever really had a Moroccan dish before, but if this is what it’s like, I’m going to have to have it more often! Beautiful work!

  3. Three-Cookies
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 13:02:57

    The color of the dish is pretty amazing. Rich, spicy and flavorful – perfect for the cold weather

  4. Choc Chip Uru
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 13:15:50

    The aroma would be incredible🙂

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

  5. tanya1234
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 14:05:35

    yummmyyyyyyyy thankx🙂

  6. TrafficDiva
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 15:09:25

    WOW!!! That looks simply amazing!! I too wish computers had smell-O-vision.
    Samples are ALWAYS welcome over here…haha!

  7. Hotly Spiced
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 15:37:29

    This does look like a great dish. It’s full of flavour to be sure. I know I would enjoy this xx

  8. Cher
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 15:41:14

    Your sauce on that came out very deep and tempting.
    I do love the way this made my house smell🙂

  9. Cakelaw
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 15:46:10

    Your tagine looks stickily delicious – mmmm ….

  10. saffronandhoney
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 15:51:12

    Such a perfect wintery dish, so deep and flavorful – enjoy it!

  11. Betty
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 17:07:41

    That sounds so good I’m going to pull out my book and look up the recipe! I can almost smell those wonderful spices.🙂

  12. Parsley Sage
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 18:06:31

    That looks spectacular! I love the color and the way you describe it sounds heavenly🙂 Point for Dorie!

  13. Balvinder
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 18:49:44

    It does look like full of flavor. The use of saffron has brought warmth in it.

  14. Norma Chang
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 19:18:08

    Never thought of combining sweet potatoes and prunes but your dish sure look temptingly delicious.

  15. Liz
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 19:22:13

    OK…now I’m wishing I made this!!! Yours looks divine~

  16. Diane Balch (@DianeBalch)
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 19:55:33

    How did you get such a wonderful glaze on your chicken. Your dish looks exceptionally good.

  17. Geraldine Saucier
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 20:19:20

    Your dish looks fantastic. Very well done.

  18. Paula @ Vintage Kitchen
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 20:46:37

    You wrote my feelings exactly. This is a wonderful recipe and quite easy to make at home. Looks gorgeous!

  19. Adriana @ GreatFood360°
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 21:33:08

    Recreating favorite dishes at home is definitely bliss. The bad part is when you go back to the restaurant, taste them and realize your version might really be better.

  20. Kristin
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 21:52:40

    I’m a sucker for sweet potatoes!

  21. Elaine
    Oct 26, 2012 @ 22:57:36

    Bliss is a very good word to describe eating this!

  22. Food,Photography & France
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 02:56:39

    What a fabulous job you’ve done with the tagine. Congratulations.

  23. Shannon (Healthiful Balance)
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 06:15:48

    This sounds delish! I’ve never had anything like it but I bet I would like it.🙂

  24. alwaysaddmorebutter
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 09:23:47

    Glad you could do the chicken and everything – you must be done with your cleanse? I have never used agave before. Does it taste similar to honey? I love how dark and rich yours looks! Yum!

  25. Promenade Claire
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 10:42:24

    I really nee dto cook more often with sweet potatoes, thanks for the reminder!

  26. Inger Wilkerson
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 11:20:56

    I could almost smell this reading about it! I have honey and sweet potatoes from the CSA and soft prunes in the refrigerator. I think this may be a must do…

  27. Deepti
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 12:34:44

    Prunes and sweet potato wow! lovely and makes a great dish…

  28. Karen
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 14:11:59

    Your kitchen must have smelled terrific. The dish looks terrific.

  29. Simply Life
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 15:20:04

    I have been craving sweet potatoes like crazy! what a great dish!

  30. Alice
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 17:20:45

    dont you love discovering a great recipe that you can make at home that resembles something that you really love at a restaurant???🙂

  31. Ronda
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 18:35:10

    What a great picture!

  32. teaandscones
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 18:38:56

    I carried it in my car to a luncheon and the aromas were so wonderful. It was lucky to make it to the luncheon.

  33. Profiteroles & Ponytails
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 19:12:17

    I haven’t had dinner yet….so I am absolutely drooling at this photo.

  34. Janet Rudolph
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 20:05:28

    I love sweet potatoes and prunes.. this is almost like zimmes.. yum!

  35. rebecca
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 21:20:50

    looks lovely and i adore fruits with meats wish my hubby did

  36. Three Well Beings
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 21:43:53

    I adore sweet potatoes but don’t get very creative with them. I can smell this aromatic dish from “here.” The prunes is a really great addition.

  37. Barbara Bamber | justasmidgen
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 22:35:54

    Some day I’ll have to join that group, the food you make is amazing!

  38. cquek
    Oct 27, 2012 @ 23:01:44

    Love this. What an intriguing combination! Looks tasty.

  39. peachkins
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 04:58:04

    Chicken and sweet potato is a new flavor combination for me!!

    peachkins of http://www.thepeachkitchen.com

  40. Beth
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 06:59:01

    You’ve sold me on this recipe. It sounds absolutely divine!

  41. Lola
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 09:14:25

    Spice and warmth describe this dish perfectly!

  42. kitchen flavours
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 09:39:04

    Wow, it would be blissful for me if I could have a bite! Looks so good!

  43. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 12:27:12

    I LOVE Moroccan cuisine! And this simply looks outstanding! I wish I could have been in your kitchen as it was cooking!

  44. Kristi @ My San Francisco Kitchen
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 13:06:08

    This looks so gourmet and very flavorful!🙂

  45. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 14:13:11

    This looks great. You know us and sweet potatoes.

  46. Daniela
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 14:39:47

    Looks so yummie,makes me dream of
    a trip to Morocco!

  47. Bam's Kitchen
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 18:13:09

    Great cozy flavors and slow cook time is just beautiful. You make even brown food look good in your pictures, how do you do that? Take Care, BAM

  48. cecilia
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 19:18:59

    I am also an instant fan of this one, sweet potatoes and prunes, what a delicious collection .. c

  49. betsy
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 20:15:18

    Aromatic, indeed! You can visit Morocco whenever you want, without ever leaving your kitchen.

  50. Audrey Allure
    Oct 28, 2012 @ 23:19:45

    This looks so tasty!

  51. Maureen | Orgasmic Chef
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 04:09:11

    Okay, this is the best so far. I can’t wait to make this one. Yours looks so good!

  52. Tandy
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 06:00:49

    this sounds scrummy – and a favourite dish for my kitchen🙂

  53. Jenn and Seth
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 09:08:12

    that looks so good, and i bet the scent was intoxicating! YUM!

  54. Mary Hirsch
    Oct 29, 2012 @ 20:36:01

    I thought this was absolutely delisious and your plate looks wonderful. I love saffron, its aroma and flavor but you are the only one of us who has commented on loving it also. It’s a tradition in my family during the holidays to make saffron biscuit and bread. Even the recession and tightening of our economic belts is not going to make us give up that tradition.

  55. cquek
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 02:36:51

    The photography is as delightful as always!

  56. Tracy
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 09:57:18

    This looks delicious. I am so envious of all the amazing recipes you make. Some nights I get home from work and just eat cereal because I am too tired and it is too late for me to cook. I’m going to have to really start making more ahead on the weekends to get me through the week.

  57. Zeeona @ Basil and Strawberry
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 10:21:40

    It must have been incredibly yummy and juicy! Great combination!

  58. Katerina
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 10:51:08

    Cooking on a clay pot such as tagine gives to the food a very profound and aromatic taste! I am sure this is the case here as well!

  59. Juliana
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 12:45:48

    Wow, this chicken dish looks delicious, looks very flavorful and love the touch of sweet with the prunes.
    Have a great week ahead🙂

  60. Asmita (@FoodieAsmita)
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 17:35:49

    i have always wanted to try this exotic dish! Yours looks incredible. Will give this one a shot.

  61. The Squishy Monster
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 19:44:21

    What a great idea to use Prunes to impart natural sweetness. I really like this dish, my friend!

  62. Ryan
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 20:23:56

    Beautiful dish! The blend of flavors sounds like it would be absolutely delicious together. I can’t imagine how good it must have smelled!

  63. Ameena
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 21:03:24

    Prunes? Really…I’ve never thought of cooking with them before but why not? Looks amazing my friend.

  64. Jessica Maher (@kbelleicious)
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 21:08:38

    ..love that you used sweet potatoes and prunes together. Sweet, sugary and yet savory! Love

  65. foodwanderings
    Oct 30, 2012 @ 22:46:04

    Aromatic, I couldn’t put it better. This chicken tagine looks so luscious. I love the deep sheen you achieved here and can absolutely see how the sweet potatoes complement it/

  66. cooking varieties
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 02:18:34

    hi dear- looks very appetizing and healthy to eat. bookmarked with thanks. have a nice day

  67. tokyohamster
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 03:18:53

    Mmmm my mouth is watering! Lovin’ the color!

  68. Amanda chic
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 05:36:18

    Today i am going to cook it for dinner😀

    A chic kiss😉

  69. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 05:52:00

    Wow – the sweet potatoes and prunes must make this some sweet and sticky chicken!

  70. Nami | Just One Cookbook
    Oct 31, 2012 @ 15:12:08

    Nice… first of all, the chicken looks great. And I love that you added my favorite, SWEET POTATOES! YUM! I’m sure I’ll have second.🙂

  71. Alex
    Nov 01, 2012 @ 13:01:13

    Just beautiful!

  72. kitchen therapy
    Nov 02, 2012 @ 07:44:29

    I love the depth of colour in your dish! Looks delicious!

  73. 21stcenturyhousewife
    Nov 06, 2012 @ 02:36:16

    Oh wow, this sounds so good! I am always looking for new ways to use sweet potatoes, and I really like the way they are combined with prunes here – not to mention all those lovely spices!

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